NAMI Support Group List Just Updated

Our quarterly update of our support group list has been published. Click here to download it.

For those unfamiliar with the list, this is a list of all NAMI Contra Costa and local support groups in Contra Costa County. Long time NAMI volunteer and board member Kay Derrico maintains this list. It is on two pages front and back for easy printing. Stick one on your refrigerator and give one to your friend or family member! We published the updated guide on December 5, 2016.

NAMI Basics Class Starting February 25, 2017

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The next NAMI Basics Education Program will be presented in Concord on six Saturday mornings from 9AM-Noon, starting February 25, 2017. Click here for a flyer with additional information.

Register Today for February 7, 2017, Peer-to-Peer Class

Our sought after Peer-to-Peer recovery education course is being offered again on February 7, 2017, in Antioch. Spots can fill up fast, so we recommend register for the class today. To register, send an email to Peer-to-Peer coordinator Kristin at, or leave a message at the NAMI Warming Answering Service at 925-942-0767, and you will receive a call back. You can download a flyer with more information here.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences.

Annual NAMI Contra Costa Mixer at John Muir Concord

It’s that time of year again – time for the NAMI Contra Costa social mixer in lieu of a December Education Meeting. Come join our family of dedicated volunteers, members, participants, and NAMI and community leaders as we celebrate a successful 2016 and plan for an even better 2017.

Our Executive Director Will Taylor, hot off his first year on the job, will present an overview of the successes and challenges NAMI Contra Costa faced in 2016, and our plans and goals moving into 2017.

As always, our mixer will feature healthy refreshments and plenty of time to socialize with other NAMI members and community friends. We look forward to seeing you there.

DATE: December 15, 2016
TIME: Doors open 6:30PM for information and greeting. Presentation begins at 7:00PM.
LOCATION: John Muir Concord Campus (Hospital, not Behavioral Health Center), 2540 Grant St., Concord, CA 94520. Main entrance. Signs will be posted, or ask at front desk.

General Meeting: Braining Imaging in Psychiatry

Why We Use Brain Imaging in Psychiatry: A Research Program for the future

A Talk Presented by Dr. Vaibhav A. Diwadkar of Wayne State University

Dr. Diwadkar’s talk will focus on an overview of imaging methods and their role in the history of psychiatry. He is a Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, the Co-Director of Neuroimaging Research in the Brain Imaging Research Division, and an Associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. His research has been far ranging and includes schizophrenia, mood disorders, adolescent risk for psychiatric disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and brain network function.

What: a free, educational presentation open to the community
When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 with a NAMI information table
Where: Concord Campus of John Muir Medical Center
Through the main doors, first hall to the left.
2540 East St. at Almond, Concord

Click here for a flyer you can print.

NAMI General Meeting: Role of Faith and Spirituality in Mental Illness

The Role of Faith and Spirituality as an Essential Mental Wellness Tool presented by Gigi Crowder, L.E., NAMI Contra Costa County FaithNet Chair, Master Mental Health and Spirituality Trainer and Chair of the Mental Health and Faith Consortium of Contra Costa County.

What: a free, monthly educational presentation open to the community
When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 20, 2016 Doors open at 6:30 with a NAMI information table
Where: Concord Campus of John Muir Medical Center 2540 East St. in Concord.

Click here for a detailed flyer about the event.

Pampered Chef Fundraiser

The Pampered Chef will be holding a fundraiser to benefit NAMI in MOTION for Contra Costa County.

NAMI will receive up to 25% CASH donations for every order placed and party booked! Please share our online catalog with all your friends and family: and join us for a FUN cooking class ~ food, fun, friends and an amazing cause!

We’re gonna GET COOKIN’ and would love to have you join us!!!

It’s a “Spin on Veggies” Cooking Class with all our friends and The Pampered Chef, so…

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 5th
TIME: 11am
LOCATION: Hillcrest Congregational Church 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
RSVP REQUIRED to: Event host

Deadline for Orders is Nov. 10

Click here for a printable PDF flyer about the event.

Come Support NAMI IN MOTION At Grant Street Pub & Pizzeria

Come Support NAMI IN MOTION At Grant Street Pub & Pizzeria
1822 Grant Street, Concord.
Wednesday, September 7th 5pm-8pm


10% of sales goes to support NAMI Contra Costa.

NAMI In Motion Coming September 10, 2016 – Save the Date!

On Saturday, September 10th, 2016, NAMI Contra Costa County will be providing its first annual Mental Health Awareness Community Event, NAMI in Motion. The event will start at 8:00am at Newhall Park in Concord, CA. The purpose of this fundraising event is to provide a local day of mental health awareness to our community. There is no fee to register for our event, but we are asking all participants to try and raise money for themselves and their teams. Each person who creates a fundraiser page and raises more than $100, and any team member earning $100 or more will receive a free t-shirt.

The event will have many different components, including:

1. A team-based stroll through an area of Newhall Park (starting at 10:15am) in memory of those who have passed away over the previous year from mental illness.

2. Tables from local donors, sponsors, and community based organizations to provide resources to participants of the event.

3. Picnic lunch to be provided for all those in attendance.

4. A small run, activity, and play area for children.

If you are unable to join us on September 10th, consider helping our event, NAMI in Motion, by making a tax-deductible donation online. To do so, go to and click the Donate button to the right. If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation through check, please make all checks out to NAMI Contra Costa and put in the memo line NAMI in Motion donation. Please mail all checks to:

NAMI Contra Costa
550 Patterson Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

All proceeds from NAMI in Motion will be used to support staffing and programs from NAMI Contra Costa. Your contribution will help provide support for family members and their loved ones in Contra Costa County battling with mental illness and mental health concerns. We provide education, advocacy, outreach, and specific programs and support groups to assist with family members who have adolescent or adult children with mental illness and peers who have mental illness. Some of our Signature programs include Family-to-Family (evidence-based practice, offered in English, Spanish, and Mandarin), Peer-to-Peer, In Our Own Voice, Basics, and FaithNet. We’re also looking at establishing new programs for our community in the future including Ending the Silence, Mentor on Discharge, and NAMI Connections.